European Data Protection Digest

Justice Minister To Revisit Abandoned Privacy Bill

PRIVACY LAW—IRELAND

September 20, 2012

After the Irish Daily Star reprinted controversial photos of the Duchess of Cambridge, Ireland’s justice minister has said he will revisit abandoned privacy legislation, The Guardian reports. Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter has said he will return to the 2006 Privacy Act because the decision by some media outlets to publish the photos makes it seem “that no value of any nature is attached to an individual’s right to privacy,” adding, “What is needed is balanced legislation that does nothing to inhibit proper investigative journalism…but which also prevents the abuse of an individual’s human rights and flagrant violation of an individual’s right to privacy.”
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